Rabbet joint is a pretty tough joint to begin with, I don't think you are going to help it out with pocket screws. For one thing, you will just be screwing into the thin part of the back, assuming you were coming in from the side. If you are putting the screw in the back panel, you would be just catching the edge of the side board, likely miss altogether if coming from inside the drawer. The only opportunity to hit any significant amount of wood is coming at it from outside the back panel.
When using a rabbet joint for drawer construction,
I'd suggest fastening the joints with glue and brads/nails.
Thanks for your inputs.
You're always helpful.
I prefer the lock-rabbet joint also.
Like you said , easy to do on a table saw or router table.
Just for schmidts and grins, and a different look, I've inserted 2-3, 1/4" dowels into the front joined section---where the front panel is attached to the side panel.
finished the dowel ends in a dark oak.
John Schaben said:
No need for the screws, with the above described joinery.
If you want to give a drawer a different appearance---drill a shallow pocket hole on the visible sides---
insert a plug (dowel), glue in place and cut flush---
stain the plug end with a contrasting color.
Pat Meeuwissen said:
Thanks for the help guys, used glue and brads already and was just hoping there was a special set up which would have allowed for a few screws to be added.